Salem

Salem, MA was the center of the Witch Hysteria that led to 20 people being senetenced to death in 1692. In the intervening few centuries, Salem has become considerably more welcoming to witchcraft, goblins and the supernatural. In fact, their month-long Halloween celebration likely is the largest in the nation and includes a parade, costume…

You’re Incapable of Writing Like That

I have insomnia tonight so I decided to pass the time reading old Drift Away blog posts.   I was reading them in chronological order to relive our cruise.   I came across this one.  25,000 Hits.  Really?   This was Decembe…

Portsmouth, NH

From Portland, Maine we continued south to Portsmouth, New Hampshire where we had a great stop at the excellent Wentworth Marina. We got another Amazon Prime fix, completed a few boat projects, toured the experimental submarine USS Albacore and explored the city of Portsmouth with its many pubs and restaurants. Trip highlights from October 21st…

The Kids’ Playground

There are many things Dylan and Dee Dee like about their new home, Red Head. They have a king-size bed which means more room for them – not necessarily any more room for Mom and Dad but definitely more room for the kids…A real favorite is the large, …

FPB 78 Video: Beating Against the Gulf Stream – Secrets of a Comfortable Ride Revealed

In the pantheon of situations to avoid when cruising, northers in the Gulf Stream are up towards the top. The wind …Read More

USS Albacore

The Portsmouth Navy Yard, established in 1800, has a long shipbuilding tradition. The shipyard began building submarines during World War I, including the L-8, the first built by a US Navy yard. The yard produced seventy submarines during World War II, launching a record four in one day, and in the 1950s and 1960s built…

FPB 78 Video: A Very Fine Panama Canal Transit

Watch FPB 78-1 Cochise transit the Panama Canal, using a unique side thrusting technique to keep the fenders clean… Yachts …Read More

ENVOY MAINTENANCE IN GOUVIA MARINA

Envoy is in Lefkas Marina for the northern hemisphere winter and we are home in New Zealand. Back to mid-October. After Charles departs we stay for a few days at Gouvia Marina to take advantage of its excellent technical infrastructure and technicians …

That’s Boating (they tell me)

Five days into our trip to Charleston, we’re enjoying a spate of gorgeous weather – sunny skies, flat water, variable light winds, current going our way for the most part, when an engine room check comes back with less than stellar reviews.  The s…

Back by Popular Demand…..

Good morning my patient friends!It’s been over a year since I last shared my life with you and MUCH has happened during that time.  A sincere thank you to those who asked if I was ok, to those who demanded I get back to this blog, and to those who…